• The Arbory Afloat, a pop-up bar on the Yarra River, is back for another year, with a new look based on a Mediterranean beach club.

• The Botanical Store is a playful pastel dispensary where you can make your own lip balms, body lotion and tea blends.

• Carlton’s newest pub, The Green Man’s Arms, brings a meat-free Israeli- menu and retro decor to the former home of The Roving Marrow.

• The Rum Diary team’s new bar, Beneath Driver Lane, brings 160 whiskies and more than 70 rums to a low-lit, cavernous space in the CBD.

• After a yearlong closure due to a relocation, René Redzepi’s acclaimed Danish fine diner, Noma, will begin taking reservations again next week.

• Cult Sydney Thai street-food restaurant Dodee Paidang has opened a Melbourne outpost.

• Melbourne cafes Lights in the Attic and The Crux & Co. are giving away free coffee this week to anyone who brings a reusable cup.

• There’s one thing you can do in your home kitchen to take your roast chook from fine to phenomenal says Pastuso’s Alejandro Saravia. Brine it.

• Fitzroy’s new food and produce market will feature more than 30 stallholders including Bluebonnet Barbeque, Milawa Cheese Company and Cobb lane.

• Find discontinued Allen's favourites, such as green frogs, at the lolly maker’s Melbourne pop-up beginning on November 15.

• Try Messina’s new range of flavoured milk (salted caramel, strawberry, chocolate, malted-vanilla and iced coffee) from an old-school bottle at the gelateria’s Southbank pop-up.

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